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do see bullying going on and teachers do see it and most of the time they don't intervene, whether it is just a... if it is a fight on the school yard, than that is when the administrators step in and i think that it is a little bit too late because it has gone too far. and as teachers, even as a person who is teaching students you need to set a model for the students and i feel like teachers should also be and administrators should be stepping in at the same time setting as a role model for the students and helping intervene and help resolve those problems. and it is regarding to the resolution, i agree with commissioner fewer, that we should add a little more language regarding the rules of administrator and teachers at the schools. besides the student behavior. >> so. do you any suggestion of the language that we may use? like, maybe in the first,
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therefore be it resolved that reaffirms its commitment to erraticating students with the anti-bullying tools and such as using this and i don't know, how to put it. because i don't know... >> i think that commissioner fewer, i think that i am getting, you know, going with this. >> yeah. >> but at the same time, i'm also feeling if we go there, then we can't pass this resolution today. i mean because it would require how much would it cost us to do this and put it in service. >> okay. >> i think that is where you are heading. >> yeah. i was just... and maybe emphasizing the responsibility of adults in school sites in this effort to erradicate
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bullying. does that sound something, student delegate windy captures what fellow student delegate megan wong likes. >> speaking for both of us, i believe that is something that they would want for. >> sure. >> miss casco. did you get that last thing that i said? >> okay. >> but we have to... so moving forward. so this first, therefore be it resolved to quickly stands for anti-bullying tools and encouraging adults, emphasizing the role of adults in erradicating bullying, in our efforts to erradicate bullying, in our schools. does that make sense? , i think that is positive. >> okay.
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>> there is a motion. >> a second. >> thank you. >> here is my suggestion that, that is good language for now, and i would maybe, assume delegate windy ly and murase you may want a resolution to go a little bit deeper into what has been suggested, okay? >> roll call? >> thank you. >> i just wanted to say this and i just appreciate this effort but i am not going to try to add language. but what i want to point out is that this does not make us, i mean in the resolve, there is no specific reference to the superintendent's initiative. so and we discussed that basically what the staff is going to do, the federal office staff is what they do any way.
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so i just want to for the record is to kind of make sure that the communication with the sites, from the central office, will not only say here is things available to you, but it will make reference to the superintendent's initiative. it will sort of communicate to the sites that this is a priority for us and it is always a priority. but in particular, this year it is a area of emphasis and so, i just want to, you know, i am kind of presume that is happening, can you reassure us that it will. >> yes, i can. >> okay, thank you, i am fine with that. >> is there somebody else that wants to say anything? >> commissioner, one more thing. roll call. >> commissioner yee, the speaker that you called, miss silvester is here, she did not hear her name being called. i don't know if you want to hear her or should i take the roll? >> it is up to, it is okay. >> come on up.
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i thought that i was pretty clear when i called your name. but that is fine. >> you are anna silvester? >> yes >> excuse me, i just didn't not understand that procedure. i don't have anything to do with the san francisco schools, but i live here and i care about this resolution, i vote here. because bullying is... it scares people and hurts people on both sides of the equation. i want to focus on the bully. a vicious sweet with racial slurs is forever in public. that should scare anybody. and it can be used for years against you, maybe you won't get that scholarship that you deserve or the job that you might deserve. i read the vicious tweets from the students in the san francisco public schools and i am quite dismayed. so i asked educators, parents
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and kids to do your best to stop the bullying in our schools. because it must stop. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> i think that it is roll call, right? >> thank you, is anyone else adding their name to the resolution? >> thank you. >> miss ly? >> yes. >> miss fewer? >> yes. >> miss maufus? >> yes. >> mendoza? >> yes. >> dr. murase? >> aye. >> miss norton, wynns. >> aye. and mr. yee. >> aye. and this is as amended >> item s. board meetings reports any standing committees there should be, let's see, augmented ad hoc committee on personal matters and labor relations, commission ter rachel norton is
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not here. and who is there? besides me and... >> so there was one informational item that was discussed previously and it was a salary issue of the san francisco unified school district and verses the city and county of san francisco. so we had a discussion around that and basically we asked for further study, i think, of the issue. >> say that again? >> a working group was to be formed. and then... >> that is right. >> then it will report back to us as they begin their work over time. >> and we had volunteers in the audience at the time. and so anybody know the status of the work group? >> i know that it was just last
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week. okay. that is okay. i mean this is... we have to report, but we should get an update of what is happening with that. >> next, item, from the city, and school district select committee. reporting commissioners fewer and maufas and mendoza. >> i will let fewer take over because she was engrossed and outspoken >> we saw a powerpoint on the student drop out rates for the class of 2014-2015. and it was some what astounding and disappointing and i think that it sort of made everybody's jaw drop. but, we have made... with the students who will try to graduate with the class of 2014.
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and so, we also heard about some african american student achievement strategies that we could be implementing but i think that the gist of this that this section of the report was analyzing the data and looking at the data and what are the causes for the data? what are we doing? what are we doing to intervene? and we heard about some of the student strategies that we have done and the summer school and some of the summer school studis that have been successful. but i think what we were really talking about is about african americans in san francisco in general. and we talked a lot about migration, about african american families here and we talked about the lack of achievement for african american students. and how difficult it is also for african american families to be able to move here and
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have the xhirn go to our schools and be successful. and we actually it was a very long hearing, i think commissioners maufas and mendoza know that we rarely get that kind of testimony at these meet meetings and yet we had an hour long of testimony about this from the human rights commission on, you know, a lot of different groups, very concerned about the migration of african american families in san francisco. >> thank you, commissioner fewer and to talk about the economic job resource and also spoken about again is an hour's worth of public testimony which is to be noted just on this topic alone. and so it is not something frivolous to many in san
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francisco. and because the meeting starts around 3:30 but we did not get to this item which was the memorandum until 6:00 that is how long that first item went, the first items went, we did agree to postpone this item to the call of the chair, but because so many had remained in the meeting, so many community members and staff of san francisco agencies, had remained and particularly the youth commission members, and a lot of their supporters, we chair took public testimony and which was still quite lengthy to be very respectful of those who had stayed for this particular item. and then also understanding that we would like to have this item come back at the call of the chair but have it be the
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first item on the agenda knowing that it will be quite lengthy as well. and kevin is doing quite a bit of work with the office and the youth commission is involved in this work and also the police commission is also devising some strategies and it is an ongoing conversation with the youth commission and many community members. so this item will come back and we know that there is a lot of work to be done on it. and that is the report. >> commissioner mauf as? which is the next meeting? >> it is held the fourth thursday of the month, and sorry i don't have the calendar in front of me at 3:30 in room 250 at city hall. >> commissioner, mendoza. >> thank you. and i wanted to add, kind of my perspective on this as well. a lot of the conversation also and the presentations from the city acknowledged that this is
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not just a school district issue. but that this really was a city-wide issue that we needed to address jointly and collectively, and so that was really important. i think to acknowledge. and with regards to the memorandum of understanding, and also, we had talked about this mou, just a few months ago with the chief. and so the work hasn't quite started in terms of reviewing a former mou and trying to bring that altogether. but it was really great to hear the voice of the youth because there is some really challenging issues and i think that one of the things that we want to make sure that we do is include the youth in that memorandum when it does come through. >> could i ask that for the audience, when we reach a certain mou, can somebody say something about what it is? >> mou is a memorandum of understanding so it is an
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agreement between both parties. >> in this case to do what? >> in this case this would be an agreement between the school district and the police department and it is going to encompass a variety of different things from response to treatment of students to you know how to react in different situations. so the current memorandum of understanding outlines a variety of things so it is not only going to be updating what exists but adding to some of the issues over the last several years. >> i don't think that our mou has been updated since chief fong has been here, and that is what brought it up in the first place is that the change over and now the second chief we wanted to make sure that there was clear communication and a good understanding of how we deal with issues that involve the police in our schools >> october 25th is the meet
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meetings. >> i think that this is a important subject because it really outlines the police presence at schools and what kevin mentioned just in looking at it looks like 95 percent of it has to be written over. we have new procedures in place and we are looking at our restorative practice and how it is working and one important thing is that it was getting all of the community members on board with it. and that we have a new way that is much less punitive and much more restorative and that is ongoing and it would be great to get the input off of our student advisory council if you would like to bring this up, i think that it would be great to have input from you. >> i am just curious, in regards to our own process for the school board to look at the
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language and the issues involved in that, it is one thing to bring it into a joint committee, but which committee would be looking into this? is this the rules committee? >> commissioner murase? >> commissioner? you make sure that this is on some future agenda. >> yes. >> i will. >> okay. let's go on to the next report which is the report on augmented curriculum and program committees commissioner fewer. >> we had an update on the graduation requirements similar to what we discussed at the select committee meeting. looking at who is on track to graduating and who is not on track to graduate and also we looked at some special education and disproportionalty of african americans in special
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education and the education disability category of emotional disturbance. and it was, you know, pretty depressing stuff. we had some very interesting data. we asked for more data on it. i think that it is definitely an issue that we must tackle this year and make some improvement or we will never, ever be able to close our racial achievement gap. so this is imperative and dr. blonco was prompt in sending us information that we requested in that meeting and that is about our non-public school placement who with that population looks like and for what disability that we say that we can't serve these students, you know that costs us as a district. i think about $15 million every year. and so, again,
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disproportionate, african americans and non-public school placement automobile. and so, i commend the staff, though for bringing this and giving us the data for it and being able to own this information and i just wanted to also mention that the update on the a-g requirements, we are getting data, it should be available this friday as promised to the commissioners and the updated information on the a-g graduation requirement. and again, if you would not mind, dr. crawford when we get that information, the updated one that is coming to us this friday, that we would also give it to our student delegate and also the parent advisory council. thank you. >> commissioner fewer if i may comment, and commend along with you our special education staff. and superintendent carranza, that you must know that they are not shying away from these tough issues and things that we have noted have gone on for
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many, many years. and i am certain across the districts across the country but that we are tackling this and willing to look at ourselves with a clear lensand look at how we can repair this damage to the students and their families. i appreciate the department with dr. blonco's leadership. so thank you very much. >> thank you and we also had a committee as a whole meeting and again, vice president norton could not be here tonight, so i am going to ask superintendent to give a brief report >> thank you, president yee and the members of the board of education. so the committee of the whole was really the first for this academic year is to understand what the district is doing about strengthening the industrial core for all students. so we talked a little bit about the common core state standards in the english language arts and in mathematics and we also
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talked about what the district's portfolio will be for this year and the remainder of the year for teachers and para professional and administrators. and again it was the first of many conversations that we will have this year around the instructional core and the standards and we talked about what the assessments looked like and the ones that go with the state standards. but it was a preliminary conversation and we received valuable feedback from the board in terms of some parent-friendly language that you would like to see. we also heard very strongly from the board that there is a modocom of information that we feel that we need to put out to the public in general around or laying the groundwork for the broader instruction but i think that it was a productive committee as a whole and just the beginning of many conversation to come. >> thank you. superintendent. >> the next report is augmented
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budget and business services committee. commissioner mendoza. >> thank you. >> so we went through our regular administrative approved kresolutions. we had the state budget update in particular the prop 30 contingentcy plan and so there is a list of items that we will look at should prop 30 not pass. and then there was a presentation prepared for the mandated cost block grant. but we decided to hold off on that presentation because it was requested by commissioner wynn and we wanted to make sure that she was present and there was no urgency in it. but it sounds like there is good news in that. we got a little taste of. and then we had an update on some potential support that will or that is expected to be introduced by commissioner kim on a supplemental appropriation from the city. >> i am sorry, what did i call
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her? >> supervisor. >> commissioner. >> and then we had a conversation about some potential future agenda items. i think that one of the things that deputy superintendent lee and i are working on trying to do is to have regular update sos that we are not trying to cram everything in april and may when we are making decisions around the budget but instead start highlighting the pieces and having conversations around some of the key issues. and so he has sent that list, we will be sending that list to all of you, and we would appreciate it if you would just run through it and see if there are particular items of interest that could help you think about what the next budget cycle will be looking like. >> great. thank you. >> i just wanted to thank you for the... i just got tonight, i mean that i just picked up out of my mail box the report of the mandated costs issue of
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the item that i requested and i don't... i mean that i am going to guess that nobody is thinking about this but i am going to hope that the community should be thinking about this and so i think that we should be announcing that our district is... did meet the deadline and is applying for the mandate cost block grant a new way of paying the states' mandates that have been proposed so we will discuss it in more length and in more depth and get more information out. but we are not, not doing that. so that is the good news. >> commissioner fewer? >> so, deputy superintendent lee, would you mind in three or four sentences what is our contingentcy plan? >> well, yeah, it is let me try. so i think that the information that was shared with the budget
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and businesses service committee just in summary terms, the estimate of the impact of prop 30 not passing, is about $23 million for the district this is the fiscal year, 2012-2013 that would buy the provisions of the state budget act that was enacted and preidentifies what the impact would be on various components on the state budget and k12 cutses have been identified or the magnitude of cuts have been identified and in our case, it would be about $23 million, this is for the district and the county functions. so what we share with the budget and service committees were just some high-level, high-level thoughts about an outline of the contingentcy plan that we would be forced to implement. so the biggest item is $9.9
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million of savings that would come from a reduction of the school calendar by five days, so five forced closure days that are outlined in our collective bargaining agreement with united educators of san francisco and those dates have actually been included in our bargaining agreement. and so that is the single biggest item. in your consent agenda tonight there was an item about the financial statements for 2011-2012 and the ending fund balance for fy1112 was $4.7 million higher than what had been assumed in the budget that was... that the board adopted for fq 1213. so that will help. and there is another $1.5 million from the item that was
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just discussed about the mandate block grant. and there are details behind each of these items but respect to the block grant i will say for now because of this very unpredictable set of processes that the state has used for years, for example, subjecting district claims for mandate reimbursement to very unpredictable, and sort of unreasonable, i think is the point of view of most districts about audits for the mandate claim reimburse amount process and such. for years we have not budgeted mandated cost until they were actually received in hand. and there are a lot of good reasons for that. but in any case, that is about a million and a half dollars that we can now count on as a result of the state changing its practices or offering the districts another option for recovering reimbursement for those mandated activity and
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that is about a million and a half dollars. and the next item is in our outline of the plan was $6.5 million of cuts, major cuts or savings from hiring or expenditure freezes that we have not, allocated and that would be the heavy lifting, all of this is heavy lifting but to the extend that we have not, identified, the savings that will need to be identified to maintain the two percent reserve and so that was an item that we shared with the budget committee and i think that the last item was $400,000. of revenues to some extend speculative but we identified $400,000 as a target for additional revenues. so for example, we are district-wide making a big push to increase our collection of
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recovered funds for our medical reimbursements and unrestricted funds which are called the ma part of our reimbursements. there is a lot of information that is going out to school sites and district offices that include individual responsibilities for documenting activities that are reimbursable and so in our outline we put a target of $400,000 for steps like that, not just medical reimbursement but other steps to include and recover additional revenues. >> so that was in the nutshell what we shared. i think that each of you have received in your mail boxes just a one-page hand out that we used for that discussion, and should prop 30 not be successful, sorry to startle you commissioner mendoza, should prop 30 not be successful, then we would
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certainly need to accelerate our conversations around that contingentcy plan including that $6 and a half million dollars. >> are there any announcements in terms of meeting dates for the next two weeks? >> i think that we had one schedule. >> 17th. the third wednesday? >> >> i think that we had a committee meeting schedule for october 17th. >> building and grounds meets on october 15th. >> budget committee will next meet on november 7th. >> okay. thank you. >> item t, report of closed session actions? >> closed session, action of october second, 201 2:singer the board by 7 aye and two absents. norton and wynns